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    Higher Education and Law Enforcement

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    This is a 9 page paper that provides an overview of law enforcement policy proposals. A proposal to incorporate higher education into officer training is explored. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    listed below. Citation styles constantly change, and these examples may not contain the most recent updates. Higher Education and Law Enforcement , 2/2011 --for  more information on using this paper properly! Ever since the middle of the 20th century, the United States has been largely operating under a model wherein certain jobs require  significant amounts of training and immersion in higher education at colleges and universities. Obvious examples include those in the health care field or scientists, but in todays climate of "marketable  skills", even businesspeople are turning to higher education at a rate faster than ever before, in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly narrow job market. However,  there is one profession which still possesses a licensing and training structure separate from the typical institutions of higher education - that of law enforcement. Law enforcement officers, administrators, and  executives occupy a role of great social power and influence, and yet for many of them, their vocational training has consistently mostly of practical examinations of physical ability and ability  to follow procedure. As the demands placed upon law enforcement officials grow ever more complex due to increasing social and cultural diversity (a byproduct of globalization), however, the time may  have come to incorporate traditional higher education into the training and vocational preparation required of law enforcement officers. The requirements for these positions are often established by local, state, or  federal lawmaking agencies; therefore, it is feasible to consider that such requirements could eventually be instituted. This paper will propose policy amendments for law enforcement officials emphasizing the importance of  higher education, as well as explore the myriad benefits that could be expected to be conferred on those officials as a result of undergoing the university experience. This section of 

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